ULB and VUB want to create a multilingual school in Brussels
Tuesday, 26 March 2019
The Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) want to open a multilingual school in Brussels in 2020.
The rectors of the two Brussels universities intend to launch a policy call for this high school project, where classes will be taught in French, Dutch and English, reported Le Soir and De Standaard.
“Language learning is a key parameter for living together, access to culture, access to others,” stresses Yvon Englert (ULB). “The equalising effect of this form of teaching: all languages are on the same footing, there is not one dominant, then a second and a third,” added Caroline Pauwels (VUB).
To launch their project, a modification of the law is necessary. Currently, a school is considered to belong exclusively to a single community. Only one possibility exists to escape this constraint: “immersion,” which is allowed up to 75% of school time on the French-speaking side of the country.
The two rectors have, according to le Soir, already won the support of Minister-President of the Brussels Region Rudi Vervoort (PS) and Budget Minister Guy Vanhengel (Open Vld). They commissioned a study on the legal feasibility, the results of which should be known before the elections.